Delivering a Cross
Dimensions: 40 x 40 area with a goal at either end. Bring the sides in more depending on player ability. Place a line of cones 5 yards in from either side line; these two channels belong to the wingers who will deliver the crosses. Two players line up on the opposite side to their winger ready to attack their cross. Play switches sides to ensure good rotation and plenty of crosses.
How to: The wing players should always start with a supply of soccer balls. The drill begins when one winger begins dribbling down the line, the two players level with the winger begin moving towards the goal. When the cross is delivered they attempt to score on the goal. Once the play has concluded players in play move to the corner diagonally opposite where they started. The winger moves back to their start position and play resumes from the other side.
Note on the animation the yellow marked areas, crossing the ball around that mark on an angle will ensure a dangerous delivery in a game situation. Encourage players to experiment crossing the ball around that area.
Coaching Points: Time your run, attacking players must try not to overrun the cross. It is much easier to run onto a cross than it is to adjust your body position or back track. If you run too far ahead of play you also run the risk of being offside too.
Shooting technique- adjust the shape of your body to suit the delivery, focus on your technique and attempt to keep the ball down when you strike it.
Take your shot first time if you can. You are in front of the oppositions goal and won’t be afforded much time or space in a game. Try to get a shot away quickly if possible.